Bashar Assad

  • Car bombing in central Syria kills 34 June 20, 2014

    Damascus: A powerful car bombing on Friday in a governmentheld village in central Syria killed at least 34 civilians and wounded more than 50 others, Syria's staterun news agency and an opposition activist group said. SANA said that the explosion went off in Horrah village in the countryside near the central...
  • Assad reelected as Syrian President after a landslide victory June 5, 2014

    Damascus: Syrian President Bashar Assad has been reelected in a landslide, officials said, capturing another sevenyear term in the middle of a bloody 3yearold uprising against his rule that has devastated the country. Syria's parliament speaker, Jihad Lahan, announced the final results on Wednesdsay from Tuesday's election, saying Assad garnered 10,319,723...
  • As civil war rages, Syrians vote for President June 4, 2014

    Against a backdrop of civil war, tens of thousands of Syrians voted in governmentcontrolled cities and towns Tuesday to give President Bashar Assad a new sevenyear mandate, with some even marking the ballots with their own blood. The carefully choreographed election was ignored and even mocked in oppositionheld areas of Syria...
  • Bomb kills at least 43 in north Syria: Activists May 16, 2014

    Beirut: A massive car bomb ripped through a crowded garage today near a rebelheld border crossing between Syria and Turkey, killing at least 43 people in an area that has seen fierce fighting between rival rebel groups, an antigovernment activist group said. The attack came as President Bashar Assad's forces have...
  • UN: Syria crimes evidence 'indicates Assad role December 2, 2013

    A growing body of evidence collected by UN investigators points to the involvement of senior Syrian officials, including President Bashar Assad, in crimes against humanity and war crimes, the UN's top human rights official said on Monday. Navi Pillay, who heads the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights,...
  • What it took to get a TV interview with Syria's President Bashar Assad September 11, 2013

    CBS News had essentially given up its pursuit of Syrian President Bashar Assad for an interview because he would not agree to go on "60 Minutes," until Charlie Rose suggested airing it on the non-profit Public Broadcasting Service. CBS News Chairman Jeff Fager, who accompanied Rose to Damascus last weekend, said...
  • Assad warns of retaliation for US strike on Syria September 9, 2013

    Washington: Syrian President Bashar Assad has warned there will be "repercussions" against any US military strike launched in response to a chemical weapons attack in his country. "You should expect everything," Assad said in an interview with CBS taped in Damascus. "Not necessarily from the government. It's not only the government...
  • Lingering doubts over Syria gas attack evidence September 8, 2013

    Beirut: The U.S. government insists it has the intelligence to prove it, but the American public has yet to see a single piece of concrete evidence - no satellite imagery, no transcripts of Syrian military communications - connecting the government of President Bashar Assad to the alleged chemical weapons attack...
  • Obama seeks Syria support from former foe McCain September 2, 2013

    Washington: President Barack Obama is inviting Senator John McCain to the White House, hoping his foe in the 2008 presidential election will help sell the idea of a US military intervention in Syria to a nation deeply scarred by more than a decade of war. Having announced over the weekend that he'll...
  • When to strike: Tense decisions for Obama on Syria August 28, 2013

    Washington: The launch of a highly anticipated strike on Syria could make for awkward timing. Few doubt that President Barack Obama is preparing for a U.S-led military action to retaliate for what the U.S. and its allies say was a deadly chemical weapons attack perpetrated by the Syrian government. But there...
  • Despite turmoil, Syria regime feels new confidence August 25, 2013

    The signs would seem bad for President Bashar Assad. Blasts echo all day long over the Syrian capital as troops battle rebels entrenched on its eastern doorstep. The government admits the economy is devastated. Allegations of a horrific chemical attack have given new life to calls for international action against...
  • Car bomb in Damascus suburb kills 18 August 7, 2013

    Syrian state media say a car bomb has struck in a Damascus suburb, killing at least 18 people and wounding 56. The news agency SANA says the powerful blast hit the Syrian capital's suburb of Jaramana late on Tuesday. The suburb is an overwhelmingly proregime district located just a few kilometers...
  • New Iranian president vows support for Syria's Assad August 5, 2013

    Beirut: Iran's new president has expressed his country's support to Syria's embattled leader Bashar Assad's regime, saying no force in the world will be able to shake their decadesold alliance. Hasan Rouhani's comments came as Syrian troops and rebels fought some of the fiercest battles in the mountains of the...
  • Rocket fired from Lebanon towards Israel May 27, 2013

    Beirut: A rocket was fired from southern Lebanon towards Israel, Lebanon's staterun National News Agency reported. The news agency said the rocket was fired on Sunday from a location near the southern town of Marjayoun, about 10 kilometers north of the Israeli border. It was not immediately clear who fired...
  • Israeli airstrikes on Syria prompt threats, anger May 6, 2013

    Beirut: Israel rushed to beef up its rocket defenses on its northern border on Sunday to shield against possible retaliation after carrying out two airstrikes in Syria over 48 hours an unprecedented escalation of Israeli involvement in the Syrian civil war. Syria and its patron Iran hinted at possible retribution,...
  • Tension escalates after Israel warplanes strike Syria May 5, 2013

    Beirut: Israeli warplanes struck areas in and around the Syrian capital on Sunday, setting off a series of explosions as they targeted a shipment of highly accurate, Iranianmade guided missiles believed to be bound for Lebanon's Hezbollah militant group, officials and activists said. The attack, the second in three days...
  • Syrian Prime Minister survives Damascus bombing, 6 die April 29, 2013

    Beirut: Syrian Prime Minister Wael alHalki survived a bomb attack on his convoy in Damascus on Monday, state media and activists said, as rebels struck in the heart of President Bashar alAssad's capital. Six people were killed in the blast, the Britishbased Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said, the latest in...
  • NATO needs plan for Syrian chemical weapons, says Kerry April 24, 2013

    Brussels: US Secretary of State John Kerry urged NATO on Tuesday to prepare for the possible use of chemical weapons by Syria on the same day that a senior Israeli military intelligence official said Syrian President Bashar Assad had used such weapons in March 2013 in his battle against insurgents. It...
  • 6,000 Syrians killed in March, deadliest month yet April 2, 2013

    Beirut: March was the bloodiest month yet in Syria's 2yearold conflict with more than 6,000 documented deaths, a leading antiregime activist group said on Monday, blaming the increase on heavier shelling and more violent clashes. Rami AbdulRahman, who heads the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, said the increased toll is likely...
  • Obama warns of 'Enclave for extremism' in Syria March 23, 2013

    Amman: President Barack Obama warned on Friday that an "enclave for extremism" could fill a leadership void in wartorn Syria, a chilling scenario for an already tumultuous region, especially for Jordan, Syria's neighbor and a nation at the crossroads of the struggle for stability in the Middle East. In a significant...
  • Syria: Rebels capture northern town after heavy fight December 26, 2012

    Beirut: Syrian rebels fully captured a northern town near the Turkish border on December 25 after weeks of heavy fighting and attacked a regime air base in a neighboring province, activists said. The air base is in Aleppo province, where opposition fighters have already captured three other large military bases...
  • US weighing military action if Syria uses WMD December 4, 2012

    Washington: The White House and its allies are weighing military options to secure Syria's chemical and biological weapons, after US intelligence reports show the Syrian regime may be readying those weapons and may be desperate enough to use them, US officials said. President Barack Obama warned Syrian President Bashar Assad not...
  • Russia rebuffs Clinton on Syria, Iran penalties September 8, 2012

    Vladivostok: Russia on Saturday soundly rejected US calls for increased pressure on Syrian President Bashar Assad to relinquish power. US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton tried to prod Moscow into supporting UN action to end the crisis in Syria and she expressed hope that Congress would repeal Cold Warera...
  • Syria: Assad appoints health minister alHalqi as PM August 9, 2012

    Beirut: Syrian staterun news agency SANA says President Bashar Assad has appointed a new prime minister to replace one who defected this week to neighboring Jordan. Assad appointed Wael Nader alHalqi, elevating him from the post of health minister. Halqi is a member of Assad's ruling Baath party and hails from the...
  • Assad returns to public eye with ally Iran August 8, 2012

    Beirut: Syrian President Bashar Assad made his first appearance on state TV in nearly three weeks Tuesday in a show of solidarity with a senior Iranian envoy, even as the US urged stepped up international planning for the regime's collapse. The visit to Damascus by the highestranking Iranian official since the...
  • UN schedules vote on new Syria resolution July 18, 2012

    United Nations: Russia remained at loggerheads with the US and its European allies ahead of a scheduled vote on Wednesday afternoon on a new Syria resolution and there appeared to be little hope that the UN's most powerful body would unite behind a plan to end the 17month civil war...
  • Syrian rebels push war into capital Damascus July 17, 2012

    Beirut: Syrian rebels fired grenades at tanks and troops while regime armor shelled Damascus neighbourhoods on Monday, sending terrified families fleeing the most sustained and widespread fighting in the capital since the start of the uprising 16 months ago. A ring of fierce clashes nearly encircled the heavily guarded capital as...
  • Syrian opposition group: Death toll tops 17,000 July 9, 2012

    Beirut: An opposition group that documents human rights violations in Syria says more than 17,000 people have been killed since the uprising against President Bashar Assad began in March 2011. The violence has grown increasingly chaotic in recent months, and it is difficult to assign blame for much of the...
  • Syria: Assad likens bloody crackdown to surgery June 3, 2012

    Beirut: Syrian President Bashar Assad defended his government's crackdown on opponents on Sunday, saying a doctor performing messy emergency surgery does not have blood on his hands if he is trying to save a patient. In his first speech since January, Assad appeared unmoved by scathing international criticism of his ferocious...
  • Syria massacre: Hospitals struggle to treat injured people June 3, 2012

    The ground zero situation in Syria is very grim. In the city of Quasayr, makeshift field hospitals are treating wounded people under extremely difficult conditions. ...